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Early Childhood Education Reporter
Mariana Dale covers early childhood education for KPCC. She'd previously reported for KJZZ, the public radio station in Phoenix since 2016, where she most recently focused on education.
While at KJZZ, Mariana helped found the engagement reporting project, Q&AZ which led her to answer questions about everything from the history of Japanese internment to saguaro cacti.
Mariana has a strong belief in the power of engaged journalism.
“Connecting with the community at every step makes for better journalism," she said. "I’m excited about the opportunity to focus my attention on a beat that has the potential to improve the lives of Southern California families and caregivers.”
Mariana was born and raised in Arizona and has worked at papers and radio stations in Tucson and Phoenix. She’s also a member of the Next Generation Radio family, and loves “talking about media with the youths!”
Stories by Mariana Dale
The state is spending $5 million to reshape child care and early childhood education in California. If you have ideas the time is running out to share them.
Child Care Can Help LA Families Financially Survive The Pandemic, But It's Still Unavailable For Many
Three reasons: many early education programs are located on shuttered school campuses, staff themselves are struggling to find child care and public health guidelines limit class sizes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Parents and caregivers can apply for up to 40 hours of free services starting Monday, Nov. 2.
Chances are, if you’re looking to make the next step in your career, you might find something useful here, too.
California’s early childhood workforce is mostly women of color and they are often concentrated in the lowest paying jobs in the field.
Candidates seeking to represent the Board of Supervisors District 2 and the Board of Education’s District 7 met Wednesday in a forum focused on early childhood.
A little laughter – and a cameo from a toddler t-rex – to brighten your day.
We’re tracking which Southern California cities and counties have reopened their playgrounds.
Playgrounds are reopening one-by-one after cleaning and safety inspections – remember to pack your mask!
The union that represents family child care providers estimates more than 800 Los Angeles County providers have closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Increasingly, research shows the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately impacting working moms like Ballesteros. A working paper from the University of Southern California found moms were more likely to be the caregivers for kids in two-parent households, and to reduce their working hours and feel more anxious and depressed than men and women without children.
“This COVID-19 crisis has the capacity to really represent a step back in terms of gender equality because we see moms are carrying more of the load than dads,” says University of Arkansas economist Gema Zamarro.
Starting Monday, some Los Angeles County child care providers can apply for $5 million in grants.
The Los Angeles County Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Systems Alignment Framework debuts today. We know it’s a mouthful. This story breaks down why it’s important to young learners.
After the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District switched to distance learning, enrollment in early childhood programs plummeted, disrupting the careful balance of private and public funding.